The Varying Types of Sod

Most people do not know that there are many different varieties of sod! Each different type grows best in varying environments, depending on shade, sun, traffic, and moisture. If you might be planting or ordering sod for your yard, you should understand the types and which type might be best for you.

The six main types of sod are these:

Kentucky Bluegrass

Kentucky Bluegrass sod is very dark green and lush. It does well in moist, temperate northern climates. It must be watered frequently, and does well in shade and sun.

Bermuda Sod

Bermuda sod is dense, very green, and even higher maintenance than Kentucky Bluegrass. It does well in the sun and flourishes in southern areas. It can withstand a lot of traffic and is often used for sports fields.

Tall Fescue

Tall Fescue sod is light green in color and has a high drought tolerance. It does well in wet climates, but can also survive in dryer soils. Tall Fescue is often chosen for places with cold winters and warm summers, as it is a durable sod.


Zoysia is a warm, southern climate sod. It grows very slowly and thrives in sandy or clay soil. It can be in either shade or sun and has a high weed resistance!


Centipede sod is considered low maintenance and works well in extreme hot or moist climates. It resists weeds and grows slowly, but features a light green color that lasts.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine does not do well in cold weather and is therefore most often used in southeastern areas as well as Australia, Mexico, and Africa. It has a coarse texture and grows to be thick and dark green in color. It does best in the sun.

You will certainly find the best sod for you in one of these six main types of sod.